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Sambar Recipe | South Indian Sambar Recipe

Sambar is the popular south Indian lentil stew or gravy made with vegetables and ground spices. This classic dish is best served with hot rice, south Indian tiffin like idli, dosa, vada, pongal. Vegan recipe.
In this post I am sharing with you our family recipe of making easy and best south Indian traditional sambar that is so delicious, flavorful with all the tips and variations. Recipe includes step by step photos and video.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Sambar
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Harini


For sambar:

  • 1/2 cup pigeon peas toor dal
  • 3 tablespoons Tamarind pulp from small gooseberry sized ball.
  • 10-12 shallots
  • 1 small carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper cubed
  • 1 small tomato finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoons sambar powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon jaggery

To temper sambar

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  • Soak tamarind in water for 15 minutes and extract thick juice.
    mashed lentils for sambar
  • Peel the onions, chop the vegetables.
    peeled onions
  • Heat a pan and add 2 tablespoons oil to it. Temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add pearl onions and saute well.
  • Add the veggies and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and saute well. Add 3/4 cup water and cook the veggies for 5 minutes.
  • Add tamarind juice and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked dal and mix well. Add salt and jaggery. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Add cilantro leaves and serve sambar hot with rice or dosa.



Serving: 3g | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 67.3mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.9mg